Grindhouse Releasing has turned heads this year with their jumbo special editions for An American Hippie In Israel and Corruption – and they’ve got one more up their sleeve to close the year with. This time, the release is The Big Gundown, a classic spaghetti western that was directed by Sergio Sollima and stars the killer duo Lee Van Cleef and Tomas Milian. Grindhouse Releasing has assembled a jaw-dropping set for this film, including two different cuts of the film, a CD of the Ennio Morricone soundtrack and scads of extras. Read on for all the spaghetti sagebrush details…
Grindhouse Releasing Presents THE BIG GUNDOWN!
LOS ANGELES – Grindhouse Releasing is proud to present the first-ever U.S. home video release of the greatest Spaghetti Western you’ve never seen: Sergio Sollima’s widescreen epic THE BIG GUNDOWN!
Starring the legendary Lee Van Cleef as a relentless bounty hunter on the trail of Cuchillo (Eurofilm superstar Tomas Milian), a savage Mexican outlaw accused of the rape and murder of a twelve-year-old girl, this release contains fifteen additional minutes of gunslinging action never before seen in America.
THE BIG GUNDOWN is one of the most highly acclaimed and long sought-after films in the spaghetti western genre, hailed by critics for its stunning cinematography, the amazing performances of Lee Van Cleef (following his iconic role in THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY) and Tomas Milian, the classic Ennio Morricone music (recently used by Quentin Tarantino in INGLORIOUS BASTERDS), and the riveting direction of Sergio Sollima.
The 4-disc deluxe Blu-ray/DVD edition of THE BIG GUNDOWN, including a bonus Blu-ray of the uncensored director’s cut and a bonus CD of Ennio Morricone’s classic soundtrack, arrives in stores December 10, 2013.
– Spectacular new 2K digital restoration of the uncensored English-language version NEWLY EXPANDED WITH THREE ADDITIONAL SCENES!
– BONUS Blu-ray disc – LA RESA DEI CONTI – the complete, 110-minute director’s cut presented in Italian with optional English subtitles and special musical subtitles.
– BONUS CD – THE BIG GUNDOWN original soundtrack by Ennio Morricone
– Exclusive, in-depth interviews with director Sergio Sollima, actor Tomas Milian and screenwriter Sergio Donati
– Audio commentary by Western film experts C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke
– 24-page booklet featuring liner notes by C. Courtney Joyner and Euro-music expert Gergely Hubai
– Extensive still galleries, trailers, and TV spots… AND OTHER SURPRISES!
“The best non Sergio Leone spaghetti western…boasting stylish widescreen photography and a great Ennio Morricone score.” – Leonard Maltin
“Hardly a man is left alive in this bloody, gutsy and fantastically suspenseful action thriller…plus blood, filth and every variety of violence.” – Reed Porter, The LA Citizen News
“Unfolds in hard, unrelenting style. THE BIG GUNDOWN explodes with violence and sadism. “ – Manuel Herbtsman, Film and TV Daily
“This is one of the best non-Leone westerns. The ‘hunt in the cane field’ is among the greatest ten minutes ever put on film.” – Thomas Weisser
Grindhouse Releasing’s Blu-ray/DVD editions of AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL and CORRUPTION are available now. Upcoming Blu-ray releases include Frank Perry’s THE SWIMMER, starring Burt Lancaster, and S.F. Brownrigg’s SCUM OF THE EARTH.